About Us

Wild Human comprises a small team of highly respected bushcraft educators and specialist wilderness guides, who are both friendly and professional. They strive to create an environment where you can learn, grow, expand your horizons and get the most from your time with us. Our bushcraft instructors and survival experts are all exceptionally experienced, hand picked and known for their broad skill-base and particular expertise in their chosen subjects.

Ben McNutt is the owner and founder of Wild Human – He has been teaching wilderness bushcraft professionally for 20 years, first instructing for Ray Mears’ company Woodlore back in 1999, and subsequently running his own very successful business Woodsmoke for 17 years (2001-2018), before launching Wild Human in 2018. Ben has been at the forefront of the UK bushcraft scene since its inception, researching , practicing and refining lost skills, and launching unique and pioneering courses in the UK and overseas.  You can read more about him and his team by clicking the links below – 

Wild Human also has a team of incredibly talented associate instructors who guest on courses, adding their own unique skill set and magic 🙂

Wild Human has always been totally committed and dedicated to the development, refinement and re-discovery of wilderness skills and knowledge, often pioneering new skill-sets and experiences, to empower others to enjoy nature. It is not our goal to be the busiest or the biggest, but rather to continue to strive to bring genuine, authentic and transformational experiences, expeditions and courses that provide the opportunity for real skill acquisition and personal development.


All of courses are run out of three sites in the Lake District with the exception being the Coastal Forager, which is run in Scotland.

Claife Heights

Claife Heights is a 2000 acre private Estate situated on the Western shores of Windermere. It is comprised of mixed stands of Beech, Noble Fir, Spruce, Rowan, Birch and Oak. And is home to a healthy population of Red and Roe Deer, Foxes, Badgers and a plethora of small mammals and woodland birds. We utilise a Edwardian Tarn (small lake) and accompanying stone Boat House for some of our courses and evening swims in the summer are a great way to cool off after a day of learning. This site is surrounded by fields and open fell and gives use a wide range of habitat to explore from a foraging and tracking perspective.

Claife Heights has easy access to Windermere train station and the M6.


Witherslack is the largest unbroken tract of Broadleaf woodland in the Lake District and provides us with the perfect location to base our Bushcraft & Craft courses. Oak, Ash, Hazel, Cherry, Yew and Rowan provide dappled shade and the floor of the forest is carpeted with wild flowers.

Witherslack is located in the South Lakes and is a 15 minute drive from Kendal.

Oak Howe

Oak Howe is 13 acres of private young woodland. Planted with native broadleaf trees from 2011 as a re-wilding/woodland creation project. It is home to some beautiful mature oak trees and a stretch of river that add to an ever-increasing diversity of wildlife.

Oak Howe is within the Lake District National Park, half-way between Kendal and Windermere.